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Activists agree to step back, while telling PM to resign by Sunday

Maya Taylor

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Following a televised address to the nation by the Thai PM at 7pm last night, amid rising political tension, anti-government protesters have agreed to take a step back. However, they are still insisting the Thai leader must resign by Sunday and calling for all charges against arrested activists to be dropped. While speaking to the nation via a televised broadcast last night, Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would be the first to step back and called on those protesting against his leadership to do the same.

“At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”

Yesterday afternoon, protesters again assembled at the Victory Monument in Bangkok and proceeded to march to Government House, but had their path temporarily blocked by police cordons behind barriers and barbed wire. The activists managed to break through the cordon and continued to Government House. However, at Chamaimayarachet Bridge, another police blockade had been created to protect nearby Government House, with the controversial water cannons on standby.

2 buses were also used in the blockade, with a number of protesters climbing on top of one bus to read statements and repeat their call for the PM to go. Activists also handed a large-scale, mock resignation letter to Pakkapong Pongpetra, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The protesters have vowed to return if the PM has not resigned by Sunday.

During his address last night, the PM did not address the issue of the demands for his resignation.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Fabian

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Prayut: “At this point, we all need to take a step back”

    After these meaningless words by Prayut last night two hours later Mind, who is one of the protestors who offered the petition on the resignation of Prayut, got arrested.

    Steps forward or back, whatever. Prayut is losing more credibility with every step he takes.

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    Al

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    And probably seriously believe that people don’t understand him and all the positive and good things he has done in the last 6 years of what he has done for the good Thai people! (well, for a very minuscule amount of them with offshore accounts).
    Read a couple of years back that he wouldn’t just go like a gent and have to be torn from his throne… whoever wrote that was spot on. Sadly…….. ; (

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      TS

      Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      …away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”
      With old comb over in charge, LOS goes deeper into disaster.
      Buddha bless those thousands of brave students and others calling for free, transparent elections

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    maxcorrigan

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I am all for democracy for Thailand which they don’t have under Prayut if he steps down (which i doubt) who will take his place, just a query!
    I think where they have overstepped the mark was dragging the monarchy into the mix, up to that point they had a lot of support from older Thai people, when the King was mentioned i noticed through mainly my Thai wife’s family how their attitudes changed, i am no royalist by any means,but i believe they would have done better to leave that part out till a later date maybe, just my opinion of course!

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    Tobias Krantz

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    The students are doing fine, they are educated, intelligent and they have the interest of the Thai poor and lower income workers at heart. Would you tolerate having a king who is bring embarrassment to your country and doing the things this current Thai king is doing? It is the older Thai people who are not educated and live in a bubble not knowing any better who have maintained the ridiculous monarchy under this king. The students need the support of all Thailand and there are many smart and intelligent politicians among them, they will find the people who will do a much better job for the people than this current junta.

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